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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Even though "Nemesis" has been translated from its original Norwegian, the story comes through brilliantly as author Jo Nesbo has created a thriller that transcends nationality. Police Detective Harry Hole is an alcoholic but make no mistake, he solves cases even though he uses off-beat techniques. A man, disguised from head to toe in black, enters an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier's head, collects his money, and then shoots the cashier and kills her. Meanwhile, one of Harry's old girl friends, Anna, is found dead, presumably a suicide, and nonetheless right after Harry spends an evening with her, losing his cell phone and awaking with no memory of what they ate or drank. The girl friend's father/uncle sits in a Norwegian prison, captured after masterminding many bank robberies. He helps Harry untangle the perplexing mystery of the masked bank robber as Harry works to discover if it was one of Anna's married lovers who killed her. Harry's police sidekick Beate Lonn slowly intuits who the bank robber truly is and that, and other shockers, will draw readers through each page of this thriller to its surprising conclusion.
Harry Hole, off-beat and alcoholic, joins the ranks of unforgettable police detectives. Author Nesbo's creation of this not so perfect man who solves crime after crime is brilliant as are most of Nesbo's other major and minor characters in the series. The writing, flow of plot and editing are excellent. Harry Hole fans increase in number as all eagerly await the next book in this series. Harry's unorthodox ways constantly endanger his career and bring him into the crossfire of deceitful fellow officer, Tom Waaler. But one of these days, Harry will trap Waaler in his underhanded, corrupt ways.